Top House transport Dem distances himself from Obama

Top House transport Dem distances himself from Obama

The top ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is distancing himself from President Obama as he runs for reelection.

Rep. Nick RahallNick Joe RahallWe shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms MORE (D-W. Va.), who has long been the highest ranking Democrat on transportation issues, is facing a tough race in a state where Obama has been unpopular for much of his tenure in office.

Rahall told The Hill on Wednesday that he agreed with former President George W. Bush more often than he has sided with Obama.

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“I probably have supported George Bush more than I have Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE,” Rahall said. “Am I going to switch parties because of that? No. I’m a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.”

The Hill’s Russell Berman has more on Rahall’s reelection challenges on the Ballot Box blog.